Thursday, July 11, 2013

07-10-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 10th, and this is The Jive at Five - our daily community calendar and rundown of night-time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day, and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanks for tuning in!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight. it's Kirtan Yoga with Shu-bala-nanda at 7:30 p.m. Kirtan is a form of yoga with a musical aspect.

Thursday, brings Bob Gotta’s long-running acoustic open Mic to the Buttonwood. 
Friday at 8, the Buttonwood Tree presents an evening of Jazz and improv with Stephen Campiglio and Gaslight Arkestra.

Saturday mornings at the Buttonwood Tree kick off  at 7:30 with weekly Quigong (Chee gung),  followed by community yoga, and self-empowerment workshops. Saturday night brings Covert Jazz, a 5-piece ensemble.

On Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. You can go to their website at for details about all these events and more.

Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine,you can catch Wasted Days a 7-piece ska band.

Thursday night Eilen Jewell and Joe Fletcher take the stage.

Then on Friday, it’s LONESOME BILLY'S ROCK-A-THON featuring Torque; Gary Heriot, and more. 

Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday night brings a FUNDRAISER FOR CT DEATH QUADS (CT's only MEN's roller derbyteam): featuring Heavy Breath, Canvas, and The High Noon. 

Sunday THE IRON GIANTS TOUR stops at Café Nine: featuring Benn Grim, Timmy Wiggins; Giant Gorilla Dog Thing; Iron Bar Collective; and Azstro Boii.  Go to for more details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place,tonight at 9, LUMINOX features HighLife, Joey Fedz, Jitta On The Track, and Billy Jones.

Thursday, Conscious Reggae artist, Luciano performs at Toads.

Friday brings BIG JIM’S BIRTHDAY BASH 2013 featuring over 12 bands on 2 stages.
More can be found at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight  the Blues Jam will be hosted by Mike Law.

Friday, it’s live and local with Jennifer Hill & Co., Isaac Young Quartet, and Kate Callahan.

Saturday night Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts make for an evening of Blues at Sally’s.
More can be found at

Here in Middletown, the Middletown Commission on the Arts Kicks off their annual Tuesday night weekly Summer Sounds concert series on the City's South Green (that's Union Park) just off Main St. The concerts are free and you are encouraged to bring lawn chairs/blankets. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Rain location is just across the street at South Congregational Church.

Author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library in Middletown at 7:00 pm Thursday. Saturday brings the Monthly "Friends of Russell Library" Book Sale at 9am. Go to for details about these events and more.

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights including a weekly Irish music session on Wednesdays.

Thursday, Vintage Vox takes the stage. Friday it’s Mixed Signals and Rural Legend performing at the Canoe Club on Saturday eve. Sunday Linda Ransom takes the stage at 3pm and Nekita Waller performs at 7pm.  More details can be found at .

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is in full swing at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.  This evening, you can hear award-winning poets Carolyn Forche [For-shay] and Mary Jo Firth Gillett with Music by Abu  Alvin Carter, Sr. and Jim Mercik, preceding the reading @ 6:30pm. Details can be found online at

This evening at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly "Music at the Mansion" series features Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood with the Jeffettes at 6:30 p.m. Go to for details and the full series schedule.

Gallim Dance presents the New England Premiere of "Mama Call" at Wesleyan's CFA Theater tomorrow and Friday, at 8pm under the direction of Andrea Miller.  Mama Call has its roots in the directors' Sephardic-American heritage and explores ideas of displacement and alienation as it affected Spanish Jews during the centuries surrounding the Inquisition.Gallim Dance will also perform Pupil Suite, an exhilarating selection of wildly quirky excerpts from Ms. Miller's  I Can See Myself in Your Pupil, performed to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box. More can be found online at

The Monthly Middletown Gallery Walk invites you to take a leisurely stroll downtown on Friday evening to view the latest art exhibitions. Find the Gallery Walk on Face book for more details.

If you haven’t yet had your fireworks fix, there are still a few displays you can catch this weekend. Friday night you can head to Farmington, Norwich, or Windsor Locks.  On Saturday fireworks can be seen at The Bridgeport Bluefish game; Groton,  New London, and just over the River from Middletown at the Portland Fairgrounds on Route 17A.

'Tis the season for  farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. Here are some: In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green; and another on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. in Middletown's North End at 575 Main Street.

In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., on the town green, on Rte. 17.  In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road.

In Higganum Village, on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the market is on the town green, at the intersection of Rtes. 81 & 154. In East Haddam, there's a farmers'
market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street.
Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to For more information on farmers markets, you can go to

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through tonight, you can catch "Hey Bartender,"  about two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams. Tomorrow evening at Real Artways brings BOTTOMS UP! celebrating Cocktail Culture with a screening of the documentary and a post-film discussion with Tom Federle, author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist.

Friday, Real Art Ways begins a run of "Dirty Wars" in which Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill [ Skay-Hill] is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. Friday and Saturday nights RAW present’s screenings of "Maniac," starring Elijah Wood a serial killer with a fetish for scalps. Saturday morning you can catch the New York International Children's Film Festival: Kidflix Mix at Real Art Ways.
Visit  for details.

Tonight, Cinestudio, [Si-Neh-studio] The Trinity College cinema in Hartford begins a
run of the new Danish thriller, "A Hijacking."   You can find show times
and info at

And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air tonight at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano, an hour of the latest and greatest independent, rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

That's followed at 6 by Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica network.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion comes on at  6:30, featuring techno from around the globe.

Then it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, the best of underground house music, mixed live for your listenign pleasure.

At 9:30,it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk, serious turntablism since 1998.

That's followed at 11 by Midnite Munchiez with DJ Gus Lo, the below-ground street music you've been craving.

And then at 12:30, it's Overdrive with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott, a mix of urban contemporary, hip hop and traditional gospel at its best.

Then at 4, the BBC kicks on, followed by Morning Edition on NPR.

If you missed any of today's Jive, the script is published online at
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Now stay tuned for The Needle Drop!

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